THE BELSTAFF STORY

“Belstaff is, at its heart, a brand for those who want to push the limits”
Pioneer Amy Johnson wore a Belstaff jacket when she became the first woman to fly solo from England to Australia in 1930.
Mountaineer Chris Bonington sported Belstaff gear when he made the first ascent of ‘The Ogre’, a steep, craggy and challenging 23,901ft peak in Pakistan's Karakoram range.
And British Army officer Lawrence of Arabia’s tunic of choice was a Belstaff ‘colonial coat’.
In fact, over the past 95 years, Belstaff has kitted out some of the most daring people the world has ever seen.

The Trialmaster waxed-cotton jacket that Che Guevara – and others – wore is still made by Belstaff today.
When it was introduced, it was designed to survive the harsh weather and riding conditions of the Scottish Six Days Trial.
First to put it to the test was 18-year-old Sammy Miller who went on to wear Belstaff in more than 1,000 races and has a line of jackets named in his honour.
But it is perhaps actor Steve McQueen who should be credited for widening Belstaff’s appeal.
He sported a Belstaff jacket in the classic, 1963 wartime film, The Great Escape and soon after it began to gain cult status among the rich and famous.

1907

The inaugural Isle of Man Tourist Trophy Race - known as the TT - is held, with 25 starters for the first race, but fewer than half completing the course. It is the start of an annual event that will eventually become synonymous with Belstaff.

Clothing is certainly an issue - as Jack Marshall, who came second, remembered years later: 'In an attempt to damp down the dust, officials sprayed the course with an acid solution. The acid got on our clothes, and in a couple of days, it looked as if the rats had been at our jackets.'

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1908

We are always working on improving all aspects of our helmet, with protection as our primary focus. Obtaining improvements demands the dedication and focus of highly skilled artisans utilizing high-grade materials. An improvement may appear as just a small change, or may be unseen from the outside, but each one can add to an already proven design. And when many improvements are accumulated, the synergy between them provides supreme performance. This is how Arai goes after gains in protection and comfort.

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1909

The Scottish Six Days Trial makes its debut. Another event that will become part of the Belstaff legend, this is a gruelling challenge for both men and machines - not to mention their clothing.

“THE SEEDS OF WHAT WILL BECOME BELSTAFF HAVE BEEN PLANTED.”
The British Motorcycle Racing Club - known as 'Bemsee' from its initials - is also founded this year, with its HQ at the Brooklands circuit. Aptly, it is in this year that businessman Eli Belovitch sets up shop in Middleton, Staffordshire, dealing in reclaimed fabrics and rubber goods. The seeds of what will become Belstaff have been planted.

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